Workplace challenge helps get drivers off the road
More than 1,300 trips were taken by 163 cyclists from 32 companies during 36 Community Solutions’ Bike 36 Challenge, from June 13 to July 8 along the corridor’s U.S. 36 Bikeway. The organization said 1,351 trips were taken during the challenge, helping alleviate traffic along U.S. Highway 36 and promote good health.
The challenge, powered by Love to Ride, rewarded U.S. 36 employees for riding a bike during the challenge period. Businesses competed for the highest percentage of participation, and individuals competed for the most miles and most trip categories. New cyclists even had their own competition category.
One of the challenge’s top new female cyclists, Carli Dean of Boulder County AIDS Project, said the challenge helped change her commute.
“When I saw the Bike 36 Challenge occurring, I thought I’d hop on my bike to make the trek from Superior to downtown Boulder instead of sitting in traffic,” she said. “Cycling helped me get in the mindset to tackle the day’s work, enjoy the fresh air and take in the mountain views. Biking to work also gave me the chance to try a bus-then-bike commute, which was equally convenient and cheaper than driving.”
A shift in commute behavior was the result 36 Commuting Solutions sought: “The Bike 36 Challenge was part of our US 36 Congestion Mitigation Program, which works to ease traffic by providing commuters with resources and incentives to change the way they commute,” said 36 Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros. “We are thrilled to see the impact the challenge had on commuter behavior choices and hope that the benefits of active commuting will continue to be endorsed and accepted.”
Highway consultants awarded grant by regional council
Local transportation consultant 36 Commuting Solutions was recently awarded a $187,500 Station Area Master Plan — or STAMP grant — by the Denver Regional Council of Governments.
The group received the award to develop a plan for expanding wayfinding signs at nine RTD stations and along the 18-mile U.S. 36 Bikeway. The wayfinding signs will direct transit riders to the bikeway and cyclists to the RTD stations, while also providing guidance to nearby places of interest.
In addition to developing a plan for wayfinding signage, the grant will help the group complete design and construction drawings and the costs associated with sign lproduction and installation. Signs are designated for RTD’s stops in Downtown Boulder and Boulder Junction, and along Highway 36 at exits including Table Mesa, McCaslin, Flatiron, Broomfield and Church Ranch, as well as at Sheridan transit stations and the Westminster rail station.
Wayfinding signs will optimize multi-modal connectivity within the corridor and are one of the top corridor-wide recommendations found in the 2013 First and Final Mile Study — a study that addressed the first-and-final-mile issues many suburban commuters face.